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  1. Coming out of hibernation. It's been a while since I had fresh ink. A couple years. Have some nice real estate on my left arm that is crying out for a flag motiff. It took a while to get an appointment with all the virus craziness. August 28th is on the books. Waiting for my artist to get back to me on his interpretation of the Betsy Ross flag.
  2. Selling my house because the ex wanted a few dollars more.......I hate moving worse than having a colonoscopy and wisdom tooth pulled on the same day. Going to buy a another house with no ghost in it and get some fresh ink to celebrate.
  3. Good tattoos come from a combination of serious research, planning and searching for a GREAT artist. Instant gratification, impulse and other factors lacking the first three elements usually contribute to less than satisfactory results.
  4. One old guys opinion...which like necks..everyone has one. Then one thing in life you dont want to haggle over price is a well done tattoo. You get what you pay for and wear it for years. Do your homework. Plan well in advance and research your artist, style of work you are seeking, and what you can afford to pay. My artist gives very realistic estimates. Small pieces are an exact price. Large pieces are by the hour. When working on a piece that requires multiple sessions, you might find some days you may sit still longer than others. Factor in touch ups a couple months once the piece is done. Detailed color work in seldom done once and finished. Everyone's skin type, healing and other factors suggest additional work will be required. A good artist will be far more critical than you are. He/she will go to extreme lengths to provide work that represents their skill set. Happy customers come back and tell their friends in today's world of social media. Set up time, allowing your artist a smoke break, allowing you to stretch, bs conversation are not included in an hourly fee. My artist is very realistic about backing out time paid from the minute I walked in the door to when the machine started buzzing. In return I tip well, bring gifts and send business. Question would you go to your favorite restaurant and haggle over the menu price? If you think tipping for good service is cool for your attractive waitress/waiter for a service that is one and done. By extension you are going to wear this ink for years....treat the artist with the respect the intended task deserves.
  5. Absolutely...the pride of quality work and the relationship with the artist last long after the price of great work and a tip. Poor work last longer...
  6. Every picture tells a story. Lost the dog in a nasty divorce.
  7. Minimum of 20%. Small gifts that are personal are good too. Good service for a meal. Fine Ink I am going to enjoy for 20-25 years. Priceless
  8. When I was working on my dragon, I went in for a five hour session. Unknown to me, I was coming down with the flu. During the session I had chills and started shaking. Thought maybe my shirt had been off too long. Yes I had the real deal FLU. Doctor told me to take some time off work. I felt like crap. The work turned out perfectly. No one in the shop got sick. just felt very poor for a week. Nothing to do with the ink. I have another large piece in the drawing stages. If I even thought I was getting sick, I would reschedule out of respect to my artist. Hope this helps, RD
  9. In years gone by, I lived in Alaska. Loved it there.
  10. broke up with my gf after 6 months. Damn I hate dating new people. Especially when I am planning my next tattoo....LOL Try explaining you are conservative, curmudgeon that loves ink. Life is good...just crazy.
  11. Going in for my touch up on the bulldog piece. Then making an appointment to have the rooste put on my back to tie into the dragon on my right arm.
  12. Finished. Artist insist I come back for a touch up in a couple weeks. It was worth the wait and sticking with a good Artist.
  13. Well I waited. My artist went to a new shop and get set up. Went is for session 2 today and we had a great afternoon laughing. Project is almost complete.
  14. I am in the process of having a piece done on my leg. Got the line work done and my Artist and friend left my favorite shop. So now I am at the cross roads of having the work completed by the owner of the shop or waiting until my Artist sets up shop again. After five tattoos over the past year, I have developed a great working relationship with this shop and the staff. What would you experienced members suggest?
  15. Going in for another session on the sailor jerry on my left leg tomorrow
  16. Getting started on a fun piece before my back project. Artist changed the classic photo to match the color of my dog. So this is tattoo number five and I am still learning. Yes your biceps are free. Back is not too bad. Thigh is a little more sensitive until you start rounding the corners. Got the line work this session. Going to be a fun summer
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  18. Anyone heard of or had work at koi tattoo in Hawaii? Have a good friend going there Saturday. She visited the shop, asked a lot of questions and then booked an appointment. I might visit there soon since I have a son in the army who lives there.
  19. Made an appointment for next Thursday. Going to get a Sailor Jerry Boston Terrier on my leg. Something close to this except the colors will change a little to match my dog. She is a seal brendle Boston
  20. Couple thoughts-The work looks good. I have a large cover piece and understand cover work. You can see my post in the cover tattoo section. Frequently Cover work is never going to make the first work completely invisible. What it does is draw attention to the new work. Full color saturation is seldom one and done.
  21. I used to live in North Dakota near the Canadian border. Visited there a lot. No worries. Have fun.
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